Lake City Ends Historic Season with Loss to Hamady in Division 3 Semis

GRAND RAPIDS – A historic season for Lake City ended in the MHSAA Division 3 semifinals Thursday at Calvin College’s Van Noord Arena.

Facing perennial contender Flint Hamady, Lake City fell 42-33 in its first state semifinal appearance since winning the 1976 Class D state championship.

After a back-and-forth opening half, the Trojans (22-3) held a slim 20-18 edge at the break and continued to play tough in the opening minutes of the third quarter before the Hawks ended the quarter on an 8-1 run to bring a 28-25 lead to the fourth.

Hamady continued its run in the fourth and took its largest lead of the game to point at 32-25 on a jumper by Treshondra Williams with 6:11 remaining.

“Tough battle. There were a lot of nerves in the first quarter coming out but we weathered the storm for a 7-7 game after the first quarter,” Lake City coach Bill Tisron said. “We were up at halftime and the girls were feeling pretty good. Second half, we played a little tense and just didn’t get the shots to fall. I thought we had some pretty good looks, but then their size took over a little bit.”

Closing out her prep career on Thursday, senior Makayla Ardis led the Trojans with a game-high 14 points and six rebounds. Olivia Bellows also tallied six points.

Winners of the 2010, 2009 and 1983 Class C titles, the Hawks (21-5) were paced Thursday by Aryana Naylor with 10 points and eight rebounds while Williams missed out on a double-double with nine points and 12 boards. Jordan McKeller also had 10 points, three rebounds and four assists for Hamady.

Hamady’s size proved to be the difference Thursday as the Hawks held a 37-27 edge on the glass and a 10-3 margin in assists.

After finishing runner-up to Manton in Highland Conference, Lake City, which suffered its only two regular-season losses to the Rangers, rolled through the postseason, picking up wins over Farwell (66-29), Pine River (55-40), McBain (56-30), Oscoda (49-35), Hart (47-25) and Ishpeming Westwood (50-46).

Hamady will now face either Pewamo-Westphalia (25-1) or Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (19-6) for the state title at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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